Brewer, Thomas born ABT 1771, Chatham CO, NC; died Jan, 1831, Waynce CO, IN
The following information about Thomas Brewer was originally compiled by Helen Orndorff
Thomas Brewer born 1760-1770 in North or South Carolina. (Helen believes he was Scotch-Irish, Walter believes he was Welsh.) Married Lucretia (maiden name unknown) about 1789. Lucretia's father supposably came to South Carolina from England prior to the Revolutionary War and was well to do. Their eldest son William was born about 1790 while they lived in the Yadkin River Valley in NC. They lived there until after their sixth son, Nathan, was born. They moved to TN. During that time Lucretia traveled alone on horseback to visit her father in S. Carolina. (A distance of 400 miles.) When she returned she brought another horse, a gift to her husband from her father. The family moved to Kentucky where their youngest child, Andrew Jackson Brewer, was born; and, according to family tradition, Thomas worked as overseer to slaves for Henry Clay. They moved in Indiana about 1815-17, and settled on West River in Wayne County near the Old Indian Trail (two miles West of Economy, IN), where Thomas spent his life trapping and hunting. Her records show that Thomas died after 1831 and Lucretia died after 1850.
Thomas and Lucretia had eight children:
William b. 1790, m. Jane McKnight (1812?) d. March 5, 1874
The following information was entered about their oldest son, William:
William Brewer b. 1790, NC, d. 1874, IL, m. Jane McKnight
William married Jane McKnight and served in the War of 1812. They resided in Cumberland County, IL by 1850. William and Jane were called pioneers of Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. William was about 5'6" tall. He was a Whig and had a reputation for being fearless. The family also remembered him as an early riser and hard worker. Jane was born in North Carolina. Her father was Scotchman and a Mason. William and Jane moved to Cumberland County, IL in 1838, and settled on a farm 5 miles North of Greenup. Jane died there May 23, 1845, and was buried at Kirkling Cemetery in Union Township (later an open pasture). 88 years after her death her relative, Warren Brewer, removed her headstone from Kirkling and placed it next to her husband's at Harmony Cemetery. William later married a widow (Mary?). William died of a heart attack while sitting on a log in the woods near the homestead. He was buried at Harmony Cemetery.
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